Turning the page with Cuba and Argentina. Then Paris, for a Union of solidarity

Turning the page with Cuba and Argentina. Then Paris, for a Union of solidarity

I write after a trip to Argentina and Cuba, two very distinct countries who share very strong ties with Europe. Both –in different ways and with different stories – are going through a phase of great changes and of opening to the world. In Buenos Aires I met with President Mauricio Macri, with my colleague and friend the Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra and with other Ministers to work on the sectorial dialogues we are about to open. I also had a dialogue with a group of European investors. I told them all that Europe is ready, both in political and economic terms, to pick up the threads of our historic relationship, which has been interrupted for too many years. We focused in particular on how to restart the negotiations between our European Union and Mercosur (here is the video of my press conference in Argentina). The most touching moment of the trip, though, was my visit to the memorial for the victims of State terrorism in the Seventies and Eighties. On never-ending walls, along the shores of Rio de la Plata, are written the names of almost ten thousand people killed during the military dictatorship. Young men and women, even boys and girls, pregnant ladies – these are the children of the Plaza de Mayo mothers and grandmothers I have met so many times. Our collective memory must keep a special place for their battle for truth. My second stop was in La Havana. My first trip there as the Union’s High Representative dates back exactly one year: in March 2o15 we had committed to reaching in one year time a Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement, which would mark a historic step...

Remarks by Federica Mogherini at the joint press conference with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Bruno Rodriguez, in La Havana

On the end of the PDCA negotiations I am here to celebrate a historic step in our relations. Cuba and the European Union have concluded their negotiations for a Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA). The PDCA will mark the beginning of a new phase of the bilateral relations. This contractual arrangement is a landmark demonstration of the improved mutual trust and understanding between us. It creates a clear framework for intensified political dialogue, and a platform for developing joint action and cooperation on global matters in multinational fora. The PDCA will also generate new opportunities for bilateral cooperation, both technical and financial and policy dialogues in many sectors, and to boost economic cooperation and exchanges between Cuba and the EU. The end of negotiations and upcoming signature of the Agreement mark the end of the EU’s 1996 Common Position as the Union’s instrument defining its external relations with Cuba. This unilateral policy had already envisaged the perspective of a contractual arrangement and will now be superseded by the PDCA. I will propose a Council decision to repeal it formally, in parallel to the processes leading to the signature of the agreement. Both Cuba and the EU will now work, with their respective stakeholders and through their corresponding internal processes to ensure a swift signature and ratification of the agreement. We are excited about the prospect of turning the PDCA into reality and achieve its objectives: enhancing EU-Cuba relations, promoting dialogue and cooperation to foster sustainable development, democracy and human rights, accompanying the process of “updating” the Cuban economy and society and finding common solutions to global challenges. On...

Joint Declaration at the Initialing Ceremony of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between Cuba and the European Union

In the presence of Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for External Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, on the occasion of her second official visit to Cuba, and of Bruno Rodriguez Parilla, Minister of External Relations of the Republic of Cuba, the Chief Negotiators for the EU and for Cuba, Christian Leffler, Deputy Secretary General for Economic and Global Affairs of the European External Action Service, and Abelardo Moreno Fernandez, Cuban Vice-Minister of External Relations, initialised on 11 Mach 2016, in the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the text of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between Cuba and the European Union. On this occasion the Parties attest the conclusion of the negotiations of this important Agreement, which will enable to consolidate the relations between Cuba and the European Union in the medium and long-term, a relation based on reciprocity, respect and mutual benefit. Both Parties expressed satisfaction on the results achieved in the negotiating process. The Agreement includes fundamental components such as political dialogue, cooperation, and dialogue on sectorial policies, as well as trade and cooperation in trade matters. The Agreement, once entered into force, will constitute the framework to develop the potential of the relationship between Cuba and the European Union and its Member States in the various sectors identified, and will enable a deepening of the political dialogue and cooperation. The initialized text is the result of a negotiating process that started in April 2014 and ended after working through seven rounds, characterized by a constructive and professional spirit expressed by both Parties, and by a complete adherence to the...